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NCG Review – Moero Chronicle

Title: Moero Chronicle
Platforms: PlayStation Vita, Steam
Genre: RPG, First Person Dungeon Crawler
Developer: Compile Heart
Publishers: Compile Heart, Sony, Idea Factory

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If you can’t get enough Monster Girls and fan service, then Moero Chronicle is right up your alley. Controversial and perverse, this title will bring you hours of moe moster fun.

Story

All the Monster Girls have gone rogue because of a terrible curse -no human who has gone to the monster girl village has come back alive.  The next hero the human village plans to send over is Io.  Io can still barely get a grasp of his own “desire” let alone talk to a girl without that “desire” going out of control. How will he be able to save the world if he can barely talk to girls?!

Io pairs up with Lillia, his childhood friend, and an otter shaped like a penis (yes, you read that right) named Otton whose hobby is collecting the sacred cloth: panties! Io journeys through Monstopia while collecting some panties and rubbing down some monster girls along the way.

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The story is pretty goofy and the main characters are pretty shallow. I keep wondering why the hell the monster girls, aside from Lillia, seem remotely interested in the main character, but story isn’t meant to be the highlight of the game.  Don’t expect anything in-depth from the main cast.  However, because it’s so silly, you’ll have a good time getting a few laughs at the over-the-top fan service and personalities.

Gameplay

Moero Chronicle is a first-person dungeon crawler.  You navigate through the dungeons and get stopped -many times- by battles that get pretty obnoxious after a while.  However, the game already knows that the battles can get tedious so an “Auto” button was added to speed things along.   As you go through the dungeons you start to collect monster girls and the regular dungeon enemies can become sidekicks for the monster girls.  Each monster girl has her own special abilities, and as you level up she learns new skills.  You can switch your team around as you see fit; you can create your ultimate moe team!  Keep in mind that each girl has her own moe trait, so you can arrange your team for ultimate effect.  Or just keep the type of girls you like around.

Like pretty much every RPG out there, battles are all turn-based.  You have Io on your “team” but he plays the role of support character.  The monster girls battle using their skills and attacks, but Io “stores” his desire and “releases” it on one girl during battle to power up her attack. However, storing his desire has a limit, and if you store too much without releasing it, well, Io needs a cooling off period… probably to go change his pants.  Io can also use items, which makes him useful for healing (if you don’t have a healer) or reviving fallen characters (if you weren’t paying attention to what happened during “Auto” mode).

Boss battles, where you fight the Monster Girls to remove their curse, requires a bit more tactic since they are weak to specific elements.  Your goal is to hit the monster girl’s armor, ultimately disrobe the girls, then “purify them” by touching them in particular places on their bodies to break their curse.  As you hit the girls, your Excitement Gauge fills up and you enter Bumping Scratch mode, where you touch the girls an increase their excitement. If you don’t succeed the monster girl will run away.  When you succeed, you can add them to the team or go back and interact with them at the Inn.  When I played, I used a PS4 controller so it was difficult to control the cursor during Bumping Scratch mode.  Often, I found myself rubbing the air and missing out on my chance to catch them.  Once you get used to using the joysticks, it’s not too difficult but can get pretty frustrating since the pointer (at least for me) tended to wander on its own. I haven’t tried playing the game with a mouse, so this aspect of the game might be a bit easier with more control.

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Outside of the dungeons, you can go back to the Inn and interact with the monster girls.  This includes talking to them when an event is available, giving them gifts, assigning a Pet Pact with an enemy you fought in a dungeon, creating new materials, changing their outfits (which gives them new skills and power based on what you pick) and everyone’s favorite: giving the girls a nice rub down!  Your goal is to gain the favor of the monster girls. Of course, this aspect of the game doesn’t really appeal to me much, but for those into cute anime girls and getting “physical” then it’s a perfect fit.

Graphics

Aside from the art style of all the anime girls, the graphics aren’t noteworthy.  The dungeons feel bland and repetitive. The monsters you battle are pretty hysterical as they are all sex related.  You literally fight a condom monster and a vibrator! Of course, diversity in monsters is also pretty limited so the humor goes away pretty quick.

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Animations is also kept to a minimum.  You don’t get to see your monster girls fighting, but rather an avatar of them at the bottom of the screen.  There are some jiggle physics happening in the boss battles, but otherwise, the overall look and design feel generic.

Verdict

Pros: You can have a lot of fun collecting monster girls and arranging them on your team however you want.  You can pick the type of moe you’re really into or get technical and keep girls with the appropriate skills for the dungeon you’re going through.  There are plenty of girls to choose from so you can have fun just mixing it up.

If you’re into touching, prodding, and poking 2D waifu’s, then this title is also a good pick since you can rub your favorite girls as much as you want.  Almost.  There are also some pretty racy costumes.

Cons: The dungeons get repetitive and boring.  The graphics are bland, and animations are  limited.  There isn’t much depth to the story and can get boring pretty fast.

Score

I’d give the game a 5/10.  It’s a fun pick if you want a few laughs, but otherwise, if you’re not into 2D anime girls, first person dungeon crawlers and bad story lines, you might be better off with another title.

 

 

 

 

 

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Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney coming to Nintendo 3DS

No objections here.  We will see the fourth game in the Ace Attorney series Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney for the 3DS this November! You can buy it from the Nintendo eShop for only $19.99.

Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney takes place years after the events of the previous series title, Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Trials and Tribulations, and consists of several compelling cases where the protagonist Apollo Justice must fight to defend his innocent clients accused of murder. Upon successfully completing the game’s first case, Apollo is asked to join disbarred attorney Phoenix Wright and work alongside Phoenix’s adopted daughter, Trucy. The pair go on to solve a series of quirky crimes including the theft of a noodle cart and the disappearance of a pair of magic panties!

Which is your favorite Ace Attorney game so far? Are you a fan of the series? Let us know what you think in the comments!

Tekken takes a World Tour, Online

Traveling to compete in the Capcom Cup or Evo might not work out for some with work, travel fees, etc.  But Bandai Namco is helping Tekken players out by hosting a World Wide online Tekken tour!  Players can now compete in tournaments from their own couch opening up Tekken to more players.

The Tekken World Tour starts August 13th.

Here are the nitty gritty details:

2017 TEKKEN World Tour Online Tournaments Schedule

Australia:

Bracket play: Sunday, August 13

Finals: Wednesday, August 16

North America West:

Bracket play: Sunday, August 20

Finals: Tuesday, August 22

South East Asia:

Bracket play: Sunday, August 20

Finals: Wednesday, August 23

Europe West:

Bracket play: Sunday, August 27

Finals: Tuesday, August 29

North America East:

Bracket play: Sunday, September 10

Finals: Tuesday, September 12

Europe East:

Bracket play: Sunday, September 10

Finals: Tuesday, September 12

East Asia:

Bracket play: Sunday, September 10

Finals: Wednesday, September 13

Eligibility:

  • Players may only compete in a region they reside in. See eligibility areas below.

  • Players must have a minimum of 3mbps upload speed.

  • Players must have a valid smash.gg account.

  • Players must have access to online services PlayStation Network, Xbox Live, or Steam.

  • Players must have a valid and active PlayStation Network, Xbox Live, or Steam account.

  • Only one (1) PlayStation Network, Xbox Live, or Steam account can be used per player to compete.

  • Wireless connections are prohibited.

Tournament Overview:

Registration:

Players can register for TEKKEN World Tour Online Tournaments at smash.gg/TBA.

Structure:

Each TEKKEN World Tour region will have multiple tournaments to cover the entire region over the course of the series. Dates and times for each sub-region listed are listed in the schedule. Players can compete in tournaments on all platforms within their region.

Format:

All tournaments will be double elimination. All matches will be Best-of-Three, except for Winners Finals, Losers Finals, and Grand Finals which are Best-of-Five.

Tournament Timing:

Each tournament will begin on a Sunday for bracket play. Bracket play is scheduled to begin at 4 PM region-local time.

Top 4 Finals from each tournament will be contested on the following Tuesday or Wednesday night, respectively, depending on region.

Schedule for Top 4 Finals per platform will be;

NA (Pacific Daylight Time) / EU (British Summer Time)

7PM-8PM: Xbox One

8PM-9PM: PlayStation 4

9PM-10PM: Steam

SE Asia (Singapore Standard Time) / E Asia (Japan Standard Time) / Australia (Atlantic Standard Time):

7PM-8PM: Xbox One

8PM-9PM: Steam

9PM-10PM: PlayStation 4

Finals will be broadcasted on Twitch.tv/TEKKEN.

Please follow @levelupseries on Twitter for updates.

Points awarded:

All TEKKEN World Tour Online Tournaments will award points to players placing in the Top 8 of the bracket. Online points are awarded as follows:

  • 1st place: 70 points

  • 2nd place: 45 points

  • 3rd place: 25 points

  • 4th place: 10 points

  • 5th place tie: 5 points (each)

  • 7th place tie: 1 points (each)

Match rules

Online tournaments follow the same match rules as TEKKEN World Tour offline tournaments.

  • Rounds: First-to-Three

  • Timer: 60 seconds

  • Stage Select: Random

For complete rules please see the Rules on tekkenworldtour.com

Additional Rules

Connectivity Issues:

If players cannot connect to each other, the player with the least amount of games lost moves forward moves forward in the Winners bracket. In case of a tie both 1 player is advanced to the Loser’s bracket while the other player advances and then forfeits the next match in the Winner’s bracket, resulting in both players being sent to the Loser’s bracket.

In the event of connectivity issues either player should reach out to the Tournament Administrators, Level Up LLC, to review the situation.

Disputes:

If there is a dispute arising during the Online Event, Players must submit a screenshot or share video footage to Level Up LLC, the administrator of the Online tournament, for review. Disputes will be resolved on a case by case basis by Level Up LLC administrators.

Disqualification:

No-shows and/or late arrivals will be given a loss if they do not report to their match within 10 minutes of being scheduled. If a player no-shows or is a late arrival to their loser’s bracket match, they will be disqualified.

Any player not adhering to the TEKKEN World Tour rules during the course of of the tournament is subject to disqualification at the discretion of Level Up LLC.

Online Tournament Process Guide:

Level | Up’s process guide for TEKKEN World Tour Online tournaments is available at bit.ly/tekken2017

 

Eligibility Areas

Europe East – Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia (except individuals located in Crimea), Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, and Ukraine (except individuals located in Crimea)

Europe West – Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France (not including its overseas collectivities or regions), Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands (not including its municipalities or the other constituent countries of the Kingdom of the Netherlands), Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and United Kingdom of Great Britain (not including its overseas territories) and Northern Ireland

North America East – Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Brunswick, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Newfoundland and Labrador, North Carolina, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

North America West – Alaska, Alberta, Arizona, British Columbia, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Manitoba, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Saskatchewan, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Oregon, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Yukon.

Southeast Asia – Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

East Asia – China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Mongolia, South Korea, and Taiwan.

Australia – Continent

 

Dissidia Final Fantasy NT Closed Beta Dates

The closed beta for Dissidia Final Fantasy will be from Friday, August 24th (9pm Pacific) through Sunday, September 3rd (9pm Pacific)  for the PlayStation 4.  North America and Latin America will have until August 20th to register for a chance to participate in the beta.DFFNT_logo_W_RGB_600px(1)

In DISSIDIA FINAL FANTASY NT, fighting game fans will be able to try their hand at the team-based brawler, playing as memorable heroes and villains from the FINAL FANTASY series. Players will be able to experience fast-paced and exhilarating 3-on-3 battles across familiar arenas with the help of powerful and epic summons including Ifrit, Shiva and Odin.

Square-Enix has also confirmed that Jecht will be joining the console release of Dissidia Final Fantasy NT.

The closed beta test will enable players to the team-based fighting game using 14 playable characters:

  • Warrior of Light (Final Fantasy)
  • Firion (Final Fantasy II)
  • Onion Knight (Final Fantasy III)
  • Cecil Harvey (Final Fantasy IV)
  • Bartz Klauser (Final Fantasy V)
  • Terra Branford (Final Fantasy VI)
  • Cloud Strife (Final Fantasy VII)
  • Squall Leonhart (Final Fantasy VIII)
  • Zidane Tribal (Final Fantasy IX)
  • Tidus (Final Fantasy X)
  • Shantotto (Final Fantasy XI)
  • Vaan (Final Fantasy XII)
  • Lightning (Final Fantasy XIII)
  • Y’shtola (Final Fantasy XIV)

For all those applying for the beta, good luck! Did you have a chance to check out the game yet at Comic Con or Evo? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!